Middle School Athletics
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About Middle School Athletics
Students grades 6-8 are welcomed to participate in the many LEAP athletic opportunities available throughout the academic year and summer. It is the vision of LEAP to provide students with increased opportunities for engagement beyond the school day through educational and recreational activities to improve learning, health, and wellness. Physicals are required for Middle School students to participate in LEAP sports offerings. Physicals dated April 15th of the prior school year may be turned in to the Main Office at East Middle School or the North Wing Office at West Middle School. Visit the LEAP website (www.tcaps.com/programs/LEAP) for more information.

Featured Courses

  • Girls Basketball (Grades 6-8)

    About Middle School Girls Basketball LEAP middle school girls basketball welcomes 6-8 grade students of all ability levels and experience. This eight-week program of educational athletics will focus on skill development, gaining an appreciation for the sport of basketball, and teamwork. Effort, attitude, and commitment will directly influence individual growth within the program. A high level of sportsmanship will be expected of all involved with the program. It is our goal to prepare as many young student athletes as possible for involvement at the next level. Students are evaluated by the Director of Basketball Operations (DOBO) as well as the other coaches on staff. They use a rubric that is created by each varsity head coach to assess certain skills and abilities. All students are then placed into 3 tiers based on their evaluation results. Our program philosophy is that students do best when they can learn and grow at the same pace as their peers, regardless of grade level.Season Start & End Dates Monday, January 6th, 2020 - Saturday February 29th, 2020. Practice Schedule Preliminary Evaluations - will begin during the first week of the season. When evaluations are complete, students will be assigned to tiers for the second part of skill development, practices and team placement. There are three tiers: Gold, White and Black/Green. Practices - Each team will have 4-6 hours of on-court direct instruction each week. Practices during any one-week may include any of the 7 days during the week and will be between 1 and 2 hours long on any given day (based on the availability of the coach and facilities). Practice start times will range from immediately after school to 8 PM. Weekend practices may be scheduled and would range from 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturdays and/or 1 PM to 6 PM on Sundays. Following tier placements, students will be equitably split into teams within their tier. Once team placements are final, you will be contacted by her coach and receive the practice schedule for the remainder of the season. East Middle School:  Preliminary Evaluation Clinics:  Monday, January 6, 2020 - Intro Day 1; introduction to skills day, no scores recorded 2:45 – 4:15 6th Graders 4:15 – 5:45 7th Graders 5:45 – 7:15 8th Graders Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - Evaluation Day 1; first day for recorded scores 2:45 – 4:15 6th Graders 4:15 – 5:45 7th Graders 5:45 – 7:15 8th Graders Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - Evaluation Day 2; at the end of this session, players will be placed into tiers (Black, White, Gold). Lists will be provided to each wing office so girls can check Thursday morning. Teams will be tentatively established, but will be verified on Thursday. 2:45 – 4:15 6th Graders 4:15 – 5:45 7th Graders 5:45 – 7:15 8th Graders Thursday, January 9, 2020 - Final Evaluation Day; players will scrimmage and teams will be finalized for each tier. The goal is to make each team equitable while building continuity with some of the black tier players. The black tier will only have two teams (16-20 players) and will be coached by Jeff Rademacher and Grace Warren. 2:45 – 4:15 Gold Tier 4:15 – 5:45 White Tier 5:45 - 7:15 Black Tier (7th & 8th Grade Team)  Practice Schedules: TBD West Middle School: Preliminary Evaluation Clinics:  TBD Athletes will be divided into teams and tiers based on their scores and evaluations.  Players and coaches will be notified of team placement over the weekend, no later than Monday, January 14th, 2019.  Game Schedule Games will tentatively begin on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020.  With few exceptions, all games will be held at either East Middle School or West Middle School between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.   Tournament Schedule End of season tournaments TBD.Admission Prices Admission will be charged for LEAP middle school basketball, football, volleyball, and wrestling activities. Admission may be paid at each event, or for the entire season with an All-Access Sports Pass. See prices below:Single Event Admission Adults - $3.00 Students - $2.00 Children 5 & Under - Free All Access Athletics Passes All Access Athletics Passes are available for purchase and include admission to all LEAP and TCAPS athletic events. TCAPS All Access sports passes are not valid for MHSAA-sponsored events. Prices are $100 adults, $70 students, and $30 for senior citizens. Prices remain the same all year no matter what season in which the pass is purchased. Passes can be purchased from the LEAP Office, located at Central High School as well both high school athletic offices.Director of Basketball OperationsEast Middle School Dan McGee    Email: mcgeeda@tcaps.net West Middle School Lisa Peoples    Email:  peoplesli@tcaps.net Helpful InformationPhysicals are required for Middle School Girls Basketball. Physicals must be turned in to the Alpha Office at East Middle School or the Main Office at West Middle School before the start of the season.Download sports physical form Transportation is NOT provided for this LEAP offering, transportation will be the sole responsibility of the participants parent/guardian Bring a water bottle to practices and games. Teams will consist of 7-10 players. In the event school is closed, no LEAP activities will be held per TCAPS policy. There is no guarantee of a make-up date in the case of inclement weather. Missed games will only be made up if schedules allow. FAQ - Basketball Participation Fee Cost: $125.00. Placement from Late Registration is not guaranteed. To ensure placement on a team, register before the deadline. Reduced fees are available to those who qualify for the free and reduced meals program. Participation fees for those that qualify are as follows: Reduced Meals Participation Fee: $70.00 if registered by the deadline. Free Meals Participation Fee: $40.00 if registered by the deadline. Milk Crate Basketball Assistance Need an “Assist” this season? LEAP is proud to partner with Milk Crate Basketball, a local nonprofit organization assisting KIDS IN NEED with resources to play and enjoy the game of basketball. Through donations and merchandise sales, Milk Crate Basketball provides kids with a wide range of items needed in order to play and enjoy basketball — shoes, basketballs, hoops, athletic wear, registration fees, etc. [Download the Assist Application for this season.] Want to learn more about Milk Crate Basketball? For more information: visitwww.milkcratebasketball.org.Registration Deadline & Details Deadline: Thursday, December 19th, 2019. Registration deadlines are final. Late registrations may not be accepted after the posted registration close date. Register for your school below. If your child does not attend a TCAPS school, select the "Non-TCAPS" option. In an effort to be a good community partner, LEAP will accept non-TCAPS students when possible. Space is limited and enrollment may be capped for various offerings. For high demand activities TCAPS students will receive priority. Payment is required at the time of registration. To register online using a Discover, MasterCard, Visa, or ACH (via a checking or savings account) please register below. Payment with cash or check can be made at the LEAP office located at Central High School, 1150 Milliken, Traverse City. Please use the 1st (smaller) auditorium entrance - we are located just inside the doors to the right. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Please call the LEAP office at 231.933.6570 for more information. NOTE: Registration is not complete until your course appears in your dashboard. You will also receive an email from Eleyo confirming your registration. If you do not receive the confirmation email or see the course in your dashboard, be sure you have not left any course items in your shopping basket. If you need assistance please call the LEAP office (231.933.6570). If you did not receive an email from Eleyo or see your course in your dashboard, the payment did not process and the student is not registered.
  • Cheerleading Middle School

    About Middle School Cheerleading  Cheerleading consists of many skills. Cheerleaders are required to lead the spirit and energy the crowd directs towards the football team. We know by studies that players often perform better when they are given positive attention from the people in the stands who are there to support them. Cheerleaders at the middle school level will be taught age appropriate stunts, flexibility skills such as splits and jumps, and tumbling. East Middle School's Cheer Team is open to 6th - 8th Graders. West Middle School's Cheer Team is open to 6th - 8th Graders, space is limited to the first 30 registrants at EMS and WMS.Season Start and End DatesMonday, October 28, 2019 through December 20, 2019Practice & Game SchedulesEast Middle School ScheduleWelcome to the EMS cheerleading program! The EMS cheer program is a high-energy developmental program that focuses on the fundamentals of cheerleading: cheers, stunts, dance, gymnastics, teamwork and spirit! We invite 6th-8th grade girls and boys to come join in the fun! There are no cuts. All experience levels and abilities are welcome. In fact, many of our very best cheerleaders are complete beginners on the first day of practice! We believe that everyone who works hard is a great cheerleader. Because cheer is a program where teammates depend on each other to be their best, we ask that your athlete has great attendance at practice and games in order to ensure a good experience. The EMS cheer program is divided into 3 seasons - football, basketball and competitive. You may participate in only one or two seasons; many athletes opt to participate in only one or two seasons. However, in order to be eligible to join the competitive team, you must participate in either football or basketball season. Registration for the winter program is for basketball only - through December. There will be another sign up for later seasons. The EMS cheer program is co-coached by Dorothy Switzer and Michelle Steffen. Dorothy is a Central High School graduate and alumni of the prestigious Alma College cheer team. She is excited to begin her first year with the EMS program. Michelle holds a minor in physical education from Hillsdale College where she was a member of the cheerleading team. Michelle enters her 4th year and 10th season with the EMS program. Practices: All practices will take place at East Middle School in the cafeteria. *Practice location may vary due to other activities Practice & Game Schedules First practice Tuesday October 29th 3-5:30, Parent meeting to follow at 5:30 Wed. 10/30 in EMS cafe Tues. 11/5 in EMS cafe Wed. 11/6 in EMS cafe Thurs. 11/7 in EMS Cafe Tues. 11/12 in EMS Cafe Wed. 11/13 in EMS Cafe Thurs. 11/14 in EMS Weight Room Tues. 11/19 in EMS Cafe Wed. 11/20 in EMS Weight Room Thurs. 11/21 in EMS Weight Room *NO PRACTICE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING* Tues. 12/3 in EMS Weight Room Wed. 12/4 in EMS Cafe Thurs. 12/5 in EMS Cafe Tues. 12/10 in EMS Cafe Wed. 12/11 in EMS Cafe Thurs. 12/12 in EMS Weight Room Tues. 12/17 in EMS Cafe Wed. 12/18 in EMS Cafe Thurs. 12/19 *End of season Party to Follow *Game Schedule to follow All practice are from 3-5:30. Most practices will be held in the cafeteria, some may vary due to other activities.EMS boys basketball games can be held any day of the week Monday-Thursdays. Games will be scheduled between 4 pm and 8 pm. West Middle School ScheduleWelcome to WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEER! I would like to introduce myself. I am Jerrilynn Pike and I have be coaching cheerleading for over 20 years! I have coached many ages, levels and formats of cheer but I have to say there is something so special about football cheerleading! I am the former Ferris State University competitive Coach, MHSAA competitive cheer Judge, high school, middle school and elementary sideline and competitive coach. I am currently the Head coach of TC Xtreme cheer. This year we will have two assistant coaches, Megan Gudith and Justine Groesser. Both are former West Alumni and former athletes of mine. Megan is currently also my assistant coach at TC Xtreme. Both Megan and Justine have a passion and excitement for this sport that I cant wait for your girls to be exposed to. All Middle school cheerleaders 6-8 grade will preform at half time of Monday night 6th-8th grade basketball games. Basketball season will focus on preforming half time routines that include: tumbling, dancing, stunting, jumps and cheers. The team will also so doing some fast paced sideline cheers during the games. Practices Tuesday and Thursdays 2:45-4:15 in the Balcony of West middle school. Games will be scheduled between 4 pm and 8 pm. If you haven’t already you will need to get a current physical. You CANNOT practice or cheer without this. It MUST be new for this school year and not an old one from last school year. Good news is, they are usable for the entire upcoming school year. Please make sure the girls ALWAYS have a water bottle. They MUST be in appropriate practice wear consisting of shorts (or leggings) T-shirt, white socks and cheer shoes (which we will go over on Tuesday) please only wear athletic wear tank tops. No camies or spaghetti strap tops. Also please wear hair up off shoulders and pulled off face. I would HIGHLY Suggest that they have a “cheer” bag, so it is always packed with clothes and their shoes, hair ties, and even an extra set of practice clothes (just in case) Cheers,Coach Jerrilynn PikeWeek 1:  First day of practice Tuesday, October 29th -2:45-4:15 p.m. - with a parent meeting to follow @ 4:15 pm.Practices during the school year: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm @  WMS Balcony  Games: WMS boys basketball games can be held any day of the week Monday-Thursdays.  End of Season Party/Banquet TBD Coaches 2019 East Middle School Michelle Steffen, michellelsteffen@gmail.com Dorothy Switzer,  switzer.d16@gmail.com 2019 West Middle School Jerrilynn Pike,  jerrilynngossett65@hotmail.com Helpful InformationSports Physicals are required for Middle School Sideline Cheer. Physicals must be turned in to the Alpha Office at East Middle School or the Main Office at West Middle School before the start of the season.Download sports physical form Transportation is NOT provided for this LEAP offering, transportation will be the sole responsibility of the participants parent/guardianEast Middle School Practice – hair must be worn completely off the shoulders. (no half ups) Gum, food, jewelry, and barrettes are not allowed as these pose safety risks. Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable athletic clothing to practice. All practices will be held in the East Middle School cafeteria or outside; please arrive on time. Participants will need to purchase undershorts through their coach (cost is approximately $5-10) For cold weather, please have a black or gold jacket or sweatshirt to wear as well as black or gold gloves, hats, etc. Participation fee includes uniform shirt. West Middle School Practice – hair must be worn completely off the shoulders. (no half ups) Gum, food, jewelry, and barrettes are not allowed as these pose safety risks. Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable athletic clothing to practice. Participants are required to provide white athletic shoes. Practices begin Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at West Middle School. New athletes MUST purchase accessories package. If you are returning, you may use what you've received from years previous OR order the accessories by the pieces that you need. Accessories Package $65.00:                                          Bodysuit Poms Bow Spanx Sports Bra Returning Athletes Accessories Package $25.00: (due at parent mtg on Oct. 29th) Sports Bra Bow (basketball season) Fundraising: We will do ONE team fundraiser to help maintain our team account balance. Fundraiser will be announced the first week of practice. All team fundraising goes to the team to help pay for uniforms, uniform maintenance or repairs, end of the season banquets, team parties and any other team related needs. Money or items purchased with raised funds do not go to the individual athlete but instead stays with the West Middle school program. Each athlete is expected to participate in fundraising efforts.  Important DatesParent Meetings East Middle School: First day of practice -  Tuesday October 29th 3-5:30, Parent meeting to follow at 5:30 West Middle School: First day of practice -  Tuesday, October 29th, 2:45-4:15  WMS Balcony, Parent meeting @ 4:15 pm following practice East Middle School Cost: $125.00 - includes uniform shirt  Reduced fees are unavailable for this offering. West Middle School Cost $125.00 Reduced fees are unavailable for this offering. Registration Deadline & Details Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019.  Registration deadlines are final. Late registrations may not be accepted after the posted registration close date. Register for your school below. If your child does not attend a TCAPS school, select the "Out of District" option. In an effort to be a good community partner, LEAP will accept non-TCAPS students when possible. Space is limited and enrollment may be capped for various offerings. For high demand activities TCAPS students will receive priority. Payment is required at the time of registration. To register online using a Discover, MasterCard, Visa, or ACH (via a checking or savings account) please register below. Payment with cash or check can be made at the LEAP office located at Central High School, 1150 Milliken, Traverse City. Please use the 1st (smaller) auditorium entrance - we are located just inside the doors to the right. Summer Office Hours are Mondays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. School Year Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Please call the LEAP office at 231.933.6570 for more information.NOTE: Registration is not complete until your course appears in your dashboard. You will also receive an email from Eleyo confirming your registration. If you do not receive the confirmation email or see the course in your dashboard, be sure you have not left any course items in your shopping basket. If you need assistance please call the LEAP office (231.933.6570). If you did not receive an email from Eleyo or see your course in your dashboard, the payment did not process and the student is not registered.